Syncing Flash Video Audio

The issue:

pro-tip-sync-flash-video-audioI was on a project in Adobe Flash that required the use of video. The Flash movie was 24 Frames Per Second (FPS) and the video 30 FPS. When played back (Control > Test Movie) the audio in the video turned out to be way out of sync.

The solution:

This may seem like a no-brainer, but in order to sync the video’s audio, both the Flash movie and the video need to be at the same FPS, in this case 30 FPS. I made this change in the Flash movie and bang!! Still employed.

Move One Pixel Increments in PowerPoint

The issue:

In any other program i tend to rely on the keyboard’s arrow keys to move objects around the canvas. In most cases, if not all, this would involve moving the object in one pixel increments. NOT the case in Microsoft PowerPoint. Why?!!!

The solution:

In PowerPoint use Ctrl/Cmd + the Arrow keys to move your objects in one pixel increments.

Try Maxwell’s Clothiers On For Size

Do you like old-world craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and clothes that just fit?! Then you’ll love Maxwell’s! Oh, and did i mention all this at an extremely reasonable price?!

The box the Maxwell's Clothiers shirts ships in.
The box the Maxwell’s Clothiers shirts shipped in.

Basically, i knew Maxwell’s are only ever in town for one week, twice a year so i got the specific dates via the Maxwell’s Clothiers Ltd. website and found out the next time they were in town. I then made sure to make my way over to the lower level of the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (one of their three locations while in TO, i believe the others are in the Toronto Airport and the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in Markham). As you make your way down the escalator you start to hear a mad buzz of activity then as you turn to enter the room you see the tons of people all riffling through hundreds of available fabric swatches, scribbling down their choices and rushing over to get measured. I must preface this post by only concentrating on their dress shirts for that’s all i have purchased, they also do custom suits, ties as well as a full line of woman’s apparel.

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UBC Web Analytics: “Introduction to Web Analytics”

This is part one of a four-part series on my experience enrolled in the UBC Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics Program. As i make my way through i will document my evaluations on a course by course basis.

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UBC’s 100% online courses use the Moodle Course Management System for their delivery, therefore, all course content must be read by the student in order to fully grasp the material. There are also no more than 25 people per course and one online tutor.

Introduction to Web Analytics as its name implies is the first of four courses in the program. It is also the prerequisite for all the other courses. The reading is a lot, but necessary i think to successfully deliver a broad enough introduction to the field. A good majority of the reading material is actual case studies making it highly relatable for the student/practitioner. It can be a bit dry at times, but i guess that is to be expected given the analytic nature of the content.  But, if you’re passionate about the web and curious about the study, then you’ll find it super interesting and continue to plough ahead.

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UBC Web Analytics: “Web Analytics for Site Optimization”

This is part two of a four-part series on my experience enrolled in the UBC Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics Program.

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Check out part one: Introduction to Web Analytics

The second course in the program: Web Analytics for Site Optimization for me, was very exciting! Out of the introductory ranks and into something i could really dig my teeth into.  With real case by case lesson plans what you cover in this course is very applicable to everyday practice, whether you’re an Information Architect (IA) or a Search Engine Optimization (SEO) expert, there is something for everyone to take away here.

The course does an excellent job of combining solid user-centric design theory, common SEO practices and the recommended web analysis to measure these approaches. Some of the design theory is a bit hard to follow, but well worth it in the end as you do also need to apply that knowledge to at least one of the three assignments.

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UBC Web Analytics: “Measuring Marketing Campaigns Online”

This is part three of a four-part series on my experience enrolled in the UBC Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics Program.

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The third course Measuring Marketing Campaigns Online begins with somewhat of a quick refresher roughly based on key concepts of the second course Web Analytics for Site Optimization – in case you never took that one and jumped straight onto the third. This “Online Marketing Fundamentals” refresher also includes the surprise free giveaway i first mentioned in the second course Web Analytics for Site Optimization.  The required reading in this course is as like the second course; a lot, but is very rewarding for what you learn and hopefully take away with you is pretty invaluable, especially given the current state of the economy and the opportunities that can arise.

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UBC Web Analytics: “Creating and Managing the Analytical Business Culture”

This is (the final) part four of a four-part series on my experience enrolled in the UBC Award of Achievement in Digital Analytics Program.

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The fourth and final course in the program: Creating and Managing the Analytical Business Culture is taught from a more of manager, web analytics point of view as it tries to tackle all facets of creating and managing a data-driven culture within an organization. It does a good job of covering the bases of such a task from: choosing a web analytics vendor; establishing the function that is web analytics; building a solid foundation throughout the organization; consistent performance monitoring and last, but not least, taking action on the results. That said, there seems to be an increase to the amount of reading required to cover off all these topics, especially compared to the three previous courses, so i recommend accounting for that going in.

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Whodunit? Micah Lexier Did It

micah-lexier-whodunitWhat?! Micah who?!

I don’t get it?

Let me explain…

Each year roughly November 18 – 21 The Ontario College of Art & Design University (OCADU) holds its signature fundraising event the Whodunit? Mystery Art Sale – an exhibition and sale of hundreds of pieces of original art donated by artists who are famous and not-yet-famous, including well-known and celebrity artists, OCADU faculty, alumni and students.

So, at Whodunit? ’07 i came across two pieces (each 5×7) i thought were pretty cool and decided to buy them and to my surprise, wait for it… were created by contemporary Canadian artist and curator Micah Lexier!! Both handwritten in pencil one states: “Mitch Robertson made this.” and the other: “Kelly Mark made this.” who btw are also established artists in their own right! Effing genius!!